June 2018

FEATURES

12  FYLDE ELECTRIFICATION

Blackpool North reopens after five-month electrification and upgrade programme.

13  WHEN SATURDAY CAME…

The glory days of holiday trains to Blackpool.

20  ‘HOOVERS’ CONQUER CUMBRIA

Our April tour that took two ‘50s’ to Carlisle.

24  ‘50s’ at WORKINGTON

The proof that they worked there in BR days.

27  A MOMENT IN TIME

Why an AC loco was on the DC Woodhead route.

REGULARS

18  SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

How to save money on Rail Express every month.

28 TIME TRAVELLER

Headlines from 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

29 EXPRESS MAILBAG

Class 40 crash eyewitness; Damaged ICI hopper; Longport before EMD; Container ‘caboose’.

NEWS

6    HEADLINE NEWS

Government management of rail franchises ‘completely inadequate’; New Moorgate EMUs on test; New TPE trains on the way; Hydrogen fuel technology could help eliminate diesel; More franchise applicants approved as First Group faces break-up; ‘Grid’ rebuild on the cards; ‘D-Train’ main line tests; GWR confirms Class 769 ‘tri-mode’ order.

30  LU WORLD

What are the new rules for taking photos on London Underground stations?

71 RAILTOURS

‘Hidden’ Class 70 trip; ‘Dub and Grub’ ‘50’ tour.

73 PRESERVATION

LSL begins ‘Deltic’ repairs; Appeal to repatriate ‘04’; RMS sells ‘Goyle’ to preservation; Class 210 survivor to become café; The magnificent six line up at the East Lancs Class 40 gala.

80 POWER BY THE HOUR

GBRf removes ‘73s’ from traffic; Debut for Caledonian ‘47’; Alstom maintains Class 92s.

82 POWERSCENE

Key workings, Name Game and Spectrum.

90 UNITS

Class 365 move to Scotland for evaluation.

93  SHUNTERS

Hitachi turns to the past.

94 COACHES

Swanage rake returns to main line.

95 WAGONS

High-speed prototype joins National Collection.

96 IRISH ANGLE

Preserved NIR ‘Thumpers’ get retro livery.

MODELLING

We have a modeller’s guide to Network Rail DVTs, plus a focus on Beilhack snowploughs following the release of Hattons’ 4mm model. We also complete our look at modelling Mk.2 coaches, while there’s news of regional ‘37s’ from Bachmann and more GWR-liveried models from Hornby.

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